From the days of yore, men have found a woman with an hourglass figure very enchanting, while a man with a V-shaped body is every woman’s fantasy. These ideal figures, which were hitherto a prerogative of only the red carpet strutters or screen blazing actors, have changed with time. Thin is light and also ‘in’, you got it right and since, a thin body is synonymous with health and a fat body is supposedly a host to ailments like high pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, etc., fitness has become the buzzword of the masses, more so after the imposition of the current, ongoing pandemic. So, what are we waiting for, let’s get cracking to get the body of our dreams?
Here is a countdown to 20 best ways for reducing weight in a healthy way:
20. Start your day with vitamin C
It will be a good idea to begin your day with a glass of lukewarm water with lime juice and honey added to it. Lime juice has citric acid which burns calories faster, stores less fat, and speeds up metabolism. Vitamin C in lime clears skin and adds radiance to it and boosts immunity as well. About two glasses of lime juice in a day will help burn calories faster.
19. Burn the extra calories
Since exercise can help burn calories, it will be a good idea to indulge in some workouts like power yoga, burpees, dancing, jogging, power walking, cycling, gymming, swimming, jump rope, outdoor sports, horse riding, dancing, etc. first thing in the morning. But if you are crunched for time, you can exercise at some other time of the day as well.
Make it a regular habit and imbibe it in your lifestyle so that it doesn’t just help you reduce weight but also keeps you in great shape forever. But whatever time you choose, don’t forget to eat some light energy food like whole-grain toast, oatmeal, protein powder, protein bars, nuts, blueberries, scrambled eggs, avocado, blueberries, etc. before kicking off the regime so that you are fuelled till the end of the session.
18. Go for an all-protein diet
Another way to reduce weight faster is through an all-protein diet. Have a high protein breakfast/consume whey protein/protein shakes, since protein reduces the hunger hormones and boosts several satiety hormones. Chicken breasts, lentils, whole eggs, nuts, fatty fish like mackerel or sardines, tuna, cottage cheese, etc. are some other rich sources of protein and which you can eat without guilt.
17. Cut down on junk food
Cut down on oily, fast food, processed, and high carbohydrate food like cheesy pizzas, bread, fried food, etc., and eat steamed, roasted, or boiled food instead. The idea is to fill your stomach with whole food that doesn’t add to your weight.
16. Skip a meal if you can
Skip at least one meal, possibly dinner, and swap that with one or more of the following-lots of fruit, vegetable salad, boiled mixed vegetables in stew or soup. This way you will reduce faster.
15. Say yes to “CURD”
Curd/probiotics also speed up metabolism thus facilitating the weight loss process. Besides, they are high in calcium and maintain gut health. Better use low-fat yogurt. It has been suggested to eat curd daily to reduce weight, and most importantly, belly fat.
14. Say “NO” to sugar
Quit sugar in milk, tea, coffee, and other beverages and use pure honey or jaggery instead as sweeteners as the latter are low in calories.
13. Have some healthy beverages
Drink black coffee/green tea/low-calorie beverages
Black coffee has an element called chlorogenic acid, it is very low in calories and high in caffeine. It boosts your metabolism and decreases levels of hunger hormones while green tea has caffeine that aids fat burning and improves exercise performance.
But if you can’t avoid colas altogether, choose low-calorie diet colas over regular ones.
12. Extinguish your hunger with some healthy snacks
Keep your shelves stocked with healthy snacks like hummus, vegetables, celery sticks, nut butter, fruit, low-fat cheese, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, Greek yogurt with berries, edamame, air-popped popcorn, etc. whenever hungry.
11. Stay hydrated
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water since water may facilitate weight loss and encourage other positive health benefits as well.
10. Avoid processed foods
To avoid refined carbohydrates or for a low carbohydrate diet, eat whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, and unprocessed food.
9. Keep yourself full of fiber-rich foods
Eat more fiber as fiber increases the feeling of fullness. Fruit like pear, berries, melon, orange, and vegetables like potatoes, peas, beans, broccoli, carrots, sweetcorn, nuts, seeds, pulses, wholegrain breakfast cereal, whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, oats, rye, barley, etc. are rich in fiber. Fiber aids digestion and prevents constipation.
8. Relish the taste
Eat slowly and chew properly for mindful eating. Eat less but enjoy every bite so that the taste lingers in your mouth for a long time. Eating in intervals will help you fight hunger pangs and save you from gastritis at the same time.
7. Spice your meal up
Add chili to your food as spicy food speeds up metabolism for at least 2-3 hours after eating food.
6. Get adequate sleep
Sleep at least 7-8 hours, because the body needs rest to speed up repair and prevent obesity.
5. Detox yourself
Fast at least once a week. Eat only fruit and drink only warm water the whole day. This way you will be cleaning your gut and giving it some rest also.
4. Take supplements (conditional)
A supplement pill that is fast gaining popularity is Glucomannan, which is a gluten-free organic pill with ingredients like Glucomannan(Konjac roots extract), vegetable cellulose, magnesium stearate, and rice powder. The pills are safe and effective in reducing weight faster naturally. But please consult a doctor if you are allergic or have some other ailment.
3. Try out the vegan way
A vegan diet is a diet based completely on plant food. The vegans totally give up on dairy products like milk, curd, cheese, etc. Eating a diet with just vegetables is a good way to reduce in a healthy way.
2. Try paleo diet
Paleo diet is the early caveman’s diet consisting of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grass-fed poultry, organic food, high in protein, low in carbs, and incredibly filling. It eliminates highly processed foods and added sugar.
1. Try the new trend “keto diet”
A ketogenic diet is a new fad with weight watchers, is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates. As carbohydrates are reduced and fat is increased, the body starts turning fats into ketones which are molecules that can supply energy to the brain. This diet is beneficial for type two diabetes also. Some foods preferred in the ketogenic diet include meat, fish, butter, oil, nuts, seeds, heavy cream, etc. while food like grains, rice, beans, potatoes, cereals, fruit, and beans, etc. are eliminated.
Above all, maintain a strict diet and exercise schedule and make a goal. Stick to the goal as much as possible to achieve the desired results in the set time.
Think of the moon and you will reach the stars initially, and then from there, your real test will begin, to achieve your goal to the desired limit. Consistency is the key here.
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